Buehrle, Nats a match?

Buehrle, Nats a match?

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:09
Last week, we told you 13 teams are after free-agent starting pitcher Mark Buehrle. The White Sox are on the list, but they are near the end of the line, if not at the back. Quality pitching is very thin this off-season, and Buehrle is clearly one of the best options on the market. Unfortunately for the Sox, the lack of quality arms is only going to drive up Buehrle’s price, which could push $60 million over four years. According to the Washington Post, the Nationals are meeting Buehrle today at his home outside of St. Louis. You might think of the Washington Nationals and shrug, considering the franchise is 492-640 since the Montreal Expos relocated to the nation’s capital in 2005. But the Nats turned the corner a bit last season, going 80-81 while finishing third in the National League East. Washington has a healthy Stephen Strasburg coming back in 2012, and Jordan Zimmermann is another promising young starter. The Nationals have money to spend and they need a veteran starter, which is why Buehrle is on their radar. Earlier in November, Washington general manager Mike Rizzo talked about Buehrle. "The pitcher we're looking for is a good leader type of guy who can throw a lot of innings," Rizzo said. “(Buehrle) has shown he can win in the big leagues and really lead our staff, not by having the best stuff on the staff, but by showing how to be a professional and how to be a winner and how to pitch 200 innings in a season many, many times. That's the kind of the guy we're looking for."
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